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Deep group of prospects making impact at pro level for Dallas Stars

by Mike Farkas
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Jamie Oleksiak - Dallas Stars

Photo: Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who has 23 career NHL games on his resume, has spent most of the 2013-14 season with Texas in the AHL (courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With excellent scouting and drafting, the Stars have had a lot of inexperienced pros force their way into the Texas Stars lineup in recent years. With an experienced coach leading the charge, the Stars have been rather successful despite the youth.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson highlights Phoenix Coyotes class of 2009

by Pat Paeplow
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Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Phoenix Coyotes

Photo: Selected sixth overall in 2009, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has developed into a top-pairing defenseman and ice-time leader for the Coyotes (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

The Phoenix Coyotes changed in the 2009 offseason. Before, they were a mediocre, punch line of a club that could always be found toward the bottom of the standings. After, they were playoff fixtures, culminating in a deep run to the Western Conference Finals in 2011-12.

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Los Angeles Kings turned focus to forwards in 2009 NHL Draft

by Jason Lewis
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Kyle Clifford - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Winger Kyle Clifford, selected 35th overall in 2009, has been a fixture in the Kings lineup since breaking into the NHL in 2010-11 (courtesy of Adam Davis/Icon SMI)

After the 2006, 2007, and 2008 drafts yielded core members of the Kings future Stanley Cup run, the 2009 draft also yielded several key players.

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Carolina Hurricanes used 2009 draft to bolster NHL lineup

by Cory Lavalette
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Rasmus Rissanen - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Defenseman Rasmus Rissanen is the only member of Carolina’s 2009 draft class who is still with the Hurricanes organization. Rissanen was selected in the 6th round of the 2009 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jamie Kellner/HF)

In the summer of 2009, the Carolina Hurricanes were coming off a surprising run to the Eastern Conference finals, meaning the team would choose near the bottom of the draft.

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2014 WJC Review: Russia cops second straight bronze medal

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Pavel Buchnevich - Team Russia

Photo: Team Russia forward Pavel Buchnevich celebrates his clinching goal in the 2014 WJC quarterfinal match vs. Team USA, a game won by the Russians, 5-3 (courtesy of ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

For the second year in a row, Team Russia came back home from the World Junior Championship with a bronze medal, once again beating Canada to earn that medal. If this can’t be considered a disaster, it cannot be considered a great success, either.

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2014 WJC Review: Finland takes home first WJC gold in 16 years

by Tony Piscotta
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Teuvo Teravainen - Team Finland

Photo: Center Teuvo Teravainen (C) and his Finland teammates celebrated their 2014 WJC gold medal win over Sweden with a party in Helsinki (courtesy of Roni Rekomaa/AFP/Getty Images)

Most hockey people will tell you that Finland's 2013 WJC squad was a more talented group than the team that skated off the ice in Malmo with the gold medal this year.

In fact, one of those people is defenseman Risto Ristolainen, who scored the "golden goal" in overtime in the 3-2 championship game win over Sweden.

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Calgary Flames forward prospects turning AHL success into NHL opportunities

by Brian Jung
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Ben Hanowski - Abbotsford Heat

Photo: Winger Ben Hanowski, part of Calgary’s return from Pittsburgh in the Jarome Iginla trade last season, is part of a strong class of rookie forwards in Abbotsford (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon SMI)

Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations, recently turned up the heat in Calgary by relieving former GM Jay Feaster and Assistant GM John Weisbrod of their duties with the organization.

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Defensemen from New Jersey Devils 2009 draft class ready to break out

by John Iadevaia
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Eric Gelinas - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Eric Gelinas is one of four defensemen the New Jersey Devils selected in the 2009 NHL Draft. Gelinas has five goals and 14 assists through 39 NHL games this season. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

The 2009 off-season was one of upheaval for the New Jersey Devils. Despite claiming the Atlantic Division title and finishing third in the Eastern Conference, a veteran heavy Devils squad was upset in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In early June of 2009, head coach Brent Sutter left the organization to return home to Alberta and coach the Calgary Flames.

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On the Rush, January 2014

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Jason Dickinson - Guelph Storm

Photo: Guelph winger Jason Dickinson has been a standout at both ends of the ice for the Storm. The Dallas Stars draft pick registered nine assists in his last five games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Welcome to the January 2014 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.

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Deep minor league system paying off for Tampa Bay Lightning

by Chris Roberts
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Vladislav Namestnikov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Forward Vladislav Namestnikov is amidst a breakout season for the Syracuse Crunch, with 28 points through 24 AHL games. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

On the outside of the AHL playoff picture as of mid-January, things do not look like they will get any easier for the Syracuse Crunch, the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Thanks in large part to Steven Stamkos' broken leg, among other injuries, a number of Crunch players have been summoned for short term replacement.

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